FAQ about Riga

  • HOW OLD IS RIGA?Riga was established around 1201, although settlements around the city date back much further
  • WHAT IS THE LOCAL LANGUAGE IN RIGA? – Latvian is the national language but many people speak Russian
  • WHAT CURRENCY IS USED IN RIGA? – EURO is the currency now as of 2014. The LATS was the old official currency, 1 Lats is approximately 1.4 Euro
  • WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT RIGA? – All year! Sun or snow, its always good to visit
  • WHO LIVES IN RIGA? – Riga is a cosmopolitan city with many Latvians, Russians and other nationalities living there
  • WHICH BUS DO I GET FROM RIGA AIRPORT TO THE CENTER? – Bus 22 runs regularly from Riga airport
  • DO LATVIANS LIKE TO SING?Latvians love to sing! You will be hard pushed to find a Latvian who does not sing!
  • IS RIGA SAFE?Riga is safer than most European cities but always be aware of scams when traveling anywhere
  • CAN I DRINK OUTSIDE IN RIGA? Drinking in public is a crime so stick to the warm bars and cafes to enjoy your drinks
  • CAN I SMOKE INSIDE BARS IN RIGA?No you can not smoke in bars in Riga, unless they have smoking rooms
  • IS RIGA PART OF THE EU?Since 2004 the Latvian Republic has been a member of the European Union
  • DO I NEED A VISA TO VISIT LATVIA?EU citizens do not need a visa. Other nationalities should check
  • WHERE TO STAY IN RIGAWhy not try one of the Radisson Blu Hotels in Riga?